The Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides rehabilitative care to more than 250 child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse every year offering forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, counseling and multidisciplinary review.
Since assuming operations of the CAC in 2013, Safe Harbor has increased the number of staff, and expanded our reach and the number of children served. In 2014, Safe Harbor CAC obtained full membership in the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. In 2016, the CAC completed 285 forensic interviews, 18 forensic medical exams, 359 counseling sessions and attended 107 community events. Recently, the Safe Harbor staff and leadership met with Wayne, Jeff Davis and Appling county’s law enforcement and community leaders to expand services to the outer three counties. The Jesup Child Advocacy Center will opened just this summer. In addition, Safe Harbor will oversee and operate a 24-hour rape crisis hotline for our judicial circuit.
To contact the Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, please call 912-554-0609.
At 6am on Sunday March 26, 2017 Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center received an emergency call from Brunswick Police Department. The referral was in reference to two adolescent siblings having witnessed the fatal shooting of their father a few hours prior. Knowing the sensitive manor this case, the CAC sent Christopher Morgan to conduct Forensic Interviews with said siblings at the police station immediately.
The brother and sister both disclosed in separate interviews that just two hours prior they had indeed witnessed their biological father shot in the stomach. Seeing that both siblings were emotionally rattled, Christopher ended each interview quickly knowing that because of his prior Extended Forensic Interview Training another more in depth interview could be scheduled at the Children’s Advocacy Center on a later date. Being a Victim Advocate as well, Christopher then comforted the two siblings in the lobby while their mother was interviewed by Investigator Strickland. A simple YouTube video was what distracted their minds from the recent tragedy.
The siblings were scheduled for follow up interviews where they disclosed in detail the events that occurred earlier that week. The mother received compensation through Crime Victims Funding for Hospital Expenses, Crime Scene Sanitation, Loss of Income/Support, and Funeral Costs. The family was also able to receive follow up Trauma Therapy through Victims Comp Funding. The siblings are doing well in school and can talk about what happened that morning. They are able to reminisce on the fond memories of their father describing him with the words “caring, handsome, loving and buddy”.